Thursday, December 20, 2007

On this day in: 1192 - Richard the Lion-Heart was captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria on his way home to England after signing a treaty with Saladin ending the crusade. 1522 - Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually re-settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta. 1941 - World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.

His dad’s new book says 60 is the new 40, but Jack Linkletter, who followed in the footsteps of his broadcasting icon father, Art Linkletter who is 95 now, died Tuesday at age 70. Jack was the host of TV shows such as “Hootenanny” and special events such as the Miss Universe pageant.

Non-CEO executives accounted for 29% of new independent directors on boards of Standard & Poor's 500 concerns, according to an analysis of recent proxy statements by recruiters SpencerStuart. That's up from 18% in 2001. From today’s Wall Street Journal, which is now free online.

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